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Comment Re:Straw man? (Score 1) 273

That's one of those good questions that's impossible to answer. In my personal opinion, there would have been a lot of people with similar foresight that could have replaced him. Lots. Probably half the geeks out there, as opposed to any bean counter pencil pusher. But that's one of those propositions that we just can't test.

Comment Straw man? (Score 2) 273

Is he arguing against a straw man? I don't think anyone would seriously argue that Jobs invented anything that (a) wasn't just combining existing tech and (b) probably wouldn't have come along a few years later anyway. Jobs did it first (sort of) and did it better. He wasn't an Edison, he was just a guy (a) with a ton of resource behind him and (b) with good taste and moderate foresight. Nobody would say he was an Edison. We don't live in an age when an Edison gets rich and famous. We live in an age when someone who can combine and weave together a ton of existing technologies into just the right consumer product can get rich and famous.

Comment Waste of money (Score 1) 200

Couldn't every man and his dog see that this was always a total waste of money? If Microsoft wanted to make their own phones they always had the wherewithal to do it themselves. Besides which, Nokia was happily making their phones without them buying them. They should have just allowed that while secretly designing their own. Saved 8 billion or whatever. I don't know what these CEOs are thinking.

Comment Re:MenuChoice and HAM (1992) (Score 1) 270

The Start Menu never ever ever contained every application on the system. It only ever included ones that either MS thought would be good there, or else that Application vendors thought would be good there. (Yes, vendors provide many little apps in their packages that they don't put in there.).

Comment Re:Is anyone actually suprised? (Score 2) 608

You exaggerate quite a bit. Courts have actually declared the government's spying illegal based on Snowden revelations. Those arguments are continuing and in higher courts but the point is, it goes well beyond some guy thought maybe some secret should be revealed.

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